Yoga Teacher Training in Cardiff

Train to teach Yoga the traditional way, with full immersion in Traditional Rishiculture Yoga
















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Here at Om Studio you will learn that yoga is not just a set of exercises that you teach in a class. There really is so much more to yoga than that and our aim is to give you the skills, experience and knowledge that will make you a confident and capable yoga teacher able to teach anyone in whatever circumstance.

We see yoga as a way of life. It is a continual progress that evolves with you as you learn to live in the best way that you can whilst creating an environment where you can develop. When we can realise this we can then support others to better themselves whether it is just to keep themselves fit and healthy or whether they also want to grow consciously.

You will need an open mind, an interest to learn and a yearning to grow. It is a very comprehensive course and many concepts may take a while to sink in, but if you are open they will all connect when you are ready. Yoga is a life-times work and as you evolve it evolves with you.

This yoga teacher training course will help ground and support you to develop on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. You should expect to see yourself change whilst on the course. Many changes will be subtle and could go unnoticed so you are encouraged to keep a Yoga diary. This diary should be used to keep a note of all thoughts, feelings, experiences, difficulties and breakthroughs. Reflection on this journal will prove to be a valuable addition to your personal journey and will be used as part of your final work.

We strongly believe that you learn a lot from teaching so when you are ready we will give you lots of teaching experience. What this means is that at the end of the course you won’t just be handed your certificate with the view to go off and start teaching all on your own, in fact you will will already be up and running as a teacher with your own class and students. 

Please scroll all the way down to our FAQ’s where you should find everything you need to know. Otherwise please get in contact and we will help in whatever we way we can.

I completed my yoga teacher training at Om Studio in 2016/2017 and couldn’t recommend this course enough.  
When researching a course to enable me to become a yoga teacher I didn’t find any course with as much face to face time, teaching hours and with so many topics covered in the 14 month course.  From learning asanas and pranayama and how to teach these to understanding yantra, diet and nutrition, mudras and mantra chanting.  It is such a vast course and is all explained in a step by step approach by the extremely talented, well informed and dedicated yoga teacher, Kalavathi.
If you’re looking to become a well rounded yoga teacher with a thorough understanding of the history of yoga and yoga philosophy then look no further.  I feel so privileged that I studied here and continue to learn so much from Kalavathi and Om Studio.  
I made friends for life on this course and just wish I could do the 14 months again!
Lucy Clemetson-Mills

2017 course graduate, Yoga 360



Teacher Training Course Content:

  • Asana – Physical & posture practice and discipline
  • Pranayama – Breath awareness leading to breath & energy control
  • Sanskrit – Basic understanding for correct pronunciation
  • Philosophy – Looking at Yoga through certain texts e.g. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • Kriyas & Mudras & Bhandas – Yoga Techniques producing particular outcomes
  • Mantra Chanting – Learning various Sanskrit Chants
  • Bhajans – Uplifting Devotional Singing
  • Yantra – A Yogic Science of Number related to divisions of life
  • Diet & Nutrition – Looking at a Yogic diet and related cleansing & fasting practices
  • Dharana & Dhyana – Concentration leading to meditation
  • Hindu Yogic Concepts – Looking at Yoga as a way of Life and its origins in Hinduism
  • Anatomy & Physiology – An outline of the basic functions and physiology of the body
  • Yoga Chikitsa – Learning about Yoga and its use as a therapy
  • Learning to Teach – Understanding the basics required for teaching
  • Teaching Practice – Teaching & Mentoring experience
  • Working as a Yoga Teacher – Help to get started and running your own business
  • Communication – Build confidence with your oral and practical aspects of teaching
  • Teaching Problems – Learn about various issues/difficulties that can arise
  • Modifications & Adjustments – learn when these are appropriate and for who
  • Assessment – You will be assessed regularly and will receive feedback
  • …..and much much more!


Course Fees: £2350 

  • £500 Non-refundable deposit to reserve your space.  
  • £2150 for those who have already completed our Foundation Course.
  • Course fees are to be paid 2 weeks before the course starts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

We only offer 10 spaces for this course. We believe that you should get as much individual attention as possible but that there should also be enough people to create a good group energy where you will find support as well as be a nurturing environment where you can all grow together for the duration of the course. We have a facebook group for our course students where you get a direct link to the ashram in India as well as being able to get to know all our past students.

To book your space please contact us with an account of your yoga and relevant life experience and your reasons for wanting to do the course. This can be done over the phone, by email or by filling out the send us a question box at the bottom of the page. Upon acceptance of a space you can pay the deposit on our booking site via the link below

Book here

Please see our Terms and Conditions below.

Meet Kalavathi, your teacher. 

Your teacher trainer will be Yogacharini Yoga Chemmal Kalavathi Devi. Kalavathi undertook the 6 month intensive Yoga Teacher Training programme at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, South India in 1999 which gave her approx 1400 contact training hours. She has returned for more training 12 times in the past 20 years where she has more than tripled these contact hours.

In 2010 Kalavathi was awarded the title Yoga Chemmal.

In 2015 Kalavathi was awarded the Advanced Year Teacher Training Certificate from the ashram.

In 2019 Kalavathi was awarded the title Yoga Seva

Kalavathi is the main contact for Gitananda Yoga in the UK and organises the UK tours for Yogachariya Dr Ananda Bhavanani, son & successor of Swami Gitananda.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the current course dates?

The current course will end in May 2021

28/29 March 2020
25/26 April
6/7 June
4/5 July
8/9 Aug
5/6 Sept
3/4 Oct
31/1 Nov
28/29 Nov
9/10 Jan 2021
6/7 Feb
6/7 March
3/4 April
8/9 May
When does the next course start?

The next course begins in June 2021

 17/18 July 2021
14/15 Aug
11/12 Sept
9/10 Oct
6/7 Nov
4/5 Dec
8/9 Jan 2022
5/6 Feb
5/6 Mar
2/3 Apr
30 Apr/ 1 May
4/5 Jun
2/3 Jul
29/30 Jul
How long is the course?

The course last for 14 months, with monthly 2 day meetings at the studio.

The course will conclude with a graduation ceremony where successful students will be awarded their certificate.

Will I have homework to complete?


There will be daily yoga practice and weekly questions to answer. You will have essays to write, lesson plans, handouts and presentations to prepare. Not all at the same time!

But you will need to be able to put regular time aside to keep it all together. You need to be able to put time and effort into this course and be dedicated in all ways. Commitment is a must especially if you are planning to teach. What you put in is what you will get out – so the more you put in the more you will get out.

I can't attend all the meeting dates? Will this be a problem?

You should not miss any of the course weekends. However, should this happen all course content will need to be made up. This will sometimes need to be done by private tuition which is not included in the course fee. You will need to work this out with Kalavathi.

What is included in the course fee?

The course fee includes the monthly training weekends, all teacher training course material, the Step by Step course book (fee adjusted for those who already have it but you will need to take out the yoga life subscription), 1 year subscription to Yoga Life Magazine from Ananda Ashram, South India

What is the source of the training content?

This yoga teacher training course is made up of both the Step by Step course written By Swami Gitananda and the additional Teacher Training content.

There will be a reading list in addition to this. All book & reference purchase requirements will be kept to a minimum as best as possible since this can be costly, but do expect to purchase some. I will give you lots of articles and essays to read to make up your point of reference. Since you are learning Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition taught by Swami Gitananda the majority of it will come from this source.

Do I need to attend regular Yoga classes while I am training?

Coming to a regular weekly class is required during the training so that you can experience the teaching, and deepen your own practice.

If you live too far from the studio to attend there are alternatives that you will need to discuss with Kalavathi.

Will I get much teaching practice?

Teaching opportunities will be made available for you at the Om Studio. You will get teaching practice on the course as well as general class teaching practice at scheduled times during the week. You will also have observation and mentoring opportunities with your peer trainer teachers. 

Will I definitely get a teaching certificate at the end of the course?

The Yoga Teaching Qualification is not guaranteed, it is awarded to those who do the work to an acceptable standard and show that they are ready to teach. However you will all receive a certificate for the completion of the foundation course which is a part of the teacher training.

Both certificates are dependant upon being in receipt of the ashrams Yoga Life magazine. You can re/subscribe here

Is there any financial assistance available to help me afford this training?

If you are looking for funds to help you with paying for the training you may find various business start up loans are able to support this. One student in the past has used Purple Shoots and it worked out really well for her. Not only was the financial side beneficial but she has had lots of small business advice too.

You could seek a bank loans, and we can take a credit card payment although there would be a charge on this as per the company we use to take this payment for us.  There are credit cards that give long 0% on either cash or purchase so they are worth looking at too if need be.

Unfortunately, the course does not qualify for any Student Finance funding.

How can I book my place on this course?

To apply for a place on the next Teacher Training Course please send a detailed account of your Yoga experience to Kalavathi. Booking is available now.

To secure your place you need to pay a £500 deposit which can done as soon as your place is confirmed with Kalavathi. The link for paying it is … Book Here

Please see below for our terms.

Cheques should be made payable please to Yoga Wales. Thank you.

What timings are the Training Days?

Saturdays are 11am until 6pm

Sundays are 9am until 5pm

Timings do change slightly but end times should not go past these.


The journey I started when I first entered the Om studio had been a life changing one, and I can’t think of a better location to begin to change one’s life as profoundly as I did. The welcoming, energising, sacred atmosphere, combined with Kalavathi’s experienced, knowledgeable, and caring teaching, makes for the perfect environment to begin to examine your inner self, take care of mind, body and soul, and meet some wonderful kindred spirits. If you are looking for quality yoga teaching in Cardiff then look no further, you have found it here

Esther Nagle

2014 course trainee, Space to Breathe Academy


Terms and conditions

We have a small studio with limited space so we want to be sure we have committed students. Because of this the deposit is non-refundable but can be transferred to future courses through arrangement. If a participant needs to withdraw their registration prior to 1 week before the start of the course the non-refundable deposit will be retained but the rest of the fee returned. After this there are no refunds. However if you do need to defer you can return for a future course where there is space. There may be an admin fee and any additional classes will have to be paid for.

In rare situations we may need to run the course online or change a date. You will be notified of this.



This 14 month course offers an in-depth study of all aspects of Yoga. Before embarking on the Foundation and then the TT course, I hadn’t appreciated Yoga encompassed so much, not just a series of postures or breathing techniques, but a way to live responsibly and serve others without even thinking. I truly enjoyed the Medical background and explanations throughout the course.  Kalavathi ensures that once qualified, one isn’t left wondering how to start a teaching practice as part of the course involves setting up and teaching! There is no end to the depth of learning which grows and evolves each time one re-examines the text. Continuing advice is always on offer and friendships formed in the close knit group endures. The icing on the cake for me was visiting the Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry for a couple of weeks with Kalavathi and fellow classmates following graduation and absorbing true Yoga for living

Molly Crowther

2017 course graduate, Meadowside Yoga Llandaff

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